"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, June 20, 2005
Vice President Dick Cheney says that the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington ushered in a new U.S. policy: not only terrorist groups but nations that harbor them "face the full wrath" of the United States.
"Obviously, we're interested in individuals who were directly involved in planning, coordinating, ordering the attack," Cheney said September 16 during an interview on NBC's Meet the Press that was taped at a facility near Camp David, the presidential retreat.
"What's changed in terms of U.S. policy is the president's determination to also go after those nations and organizations and people that lend support to these terrorist operators," he said.
"If you've got a nation out there now that has provided a base, training facilities, sanctuary -- as has been true for example, in this case, probably, with Afghanistan -- then they have to understand, and others like them around the world have to understand, that if you provide sanctuary to terrorists, you face the full wrath of the United States of America, and that we will, in fact, aggressively go after these nations to make certain that they cease and desist from providing support for these kinds of organizations."
Evidently, our Director of Central Intelligence missed the memo:
The director of the CIA said he has an "excellent idea" as to where Osama bin Laden is hiding.
But Porter Goss indicated that the United States just can't go
in and snatch him. He told Time magazine that America has to
respect the sovereignty of other nations. Instead, Goss said, "we have to find a way to work in a conventional world in unconventional ways."
Or, maybe these guys finally got bored with playing whack-a-mole. Either way, it makes for a poor show of resolutitude.